HC Deb 29 March 1938 vol 333 cc1825-6
28. Mr. Tinker

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the present method of medical referees under the Workmen's Compensation Act does not give satisfaction to the injured workmen, and that a change is suggested in the report of the Departmental Committee set up to inquire into the Workmen's Compensation Act; when he intends to announce the conclusions of the Government on this report; and whether he proposes to consult the House prior to arriving at these conclusions?

Sir S. Hoare

The Committee's recommendations involve important changes in the present system which could not be carried out without legislation, and I cannot foresee sufficient time this Session for legislation of this character. In any case it would, I consider, be an advantage to allow more time, not only for the Government but also for industry and for Members of Parliament, to consider the recommendations of the Committee before legislation is formulated, and I shall be glad to receive and consider any representations which hon. Members may wish to make on particular points.

Mr. Tinker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is great unrest among working people who want some alteration of the present Workmen's Compensation Act, and will he reconsider his decision not to bring in legislation this Session?

Sir S. Hoare

No, Sir, I am afraid that, as far as I can judge, there will be no time for legislation of this kind during this Session.

Mr. T. Smith

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that this will be dealt with during the lifetime of this Parliament?